Lord of the Flies- Review Questions Ch.9-12
CHAPTER NINE: A View to a Death
1. What has happened physically to Simon?
2. After reading the first two paragraphs, explain what the title of the chapter may
3. What does Simon’s vision teach him? When is the vision fulfilled?
4. What Biblical parallels may be drawn from Simon’s walk?
5. What does “parody” mean in the statement, “The tangle of lines showed him the
mechanics of this parody; he examined the white nasal bones, the teeth, the colors of
corruption.” (Pg. 146)
6. What is the significance of the boys’ apparently inappropriate laughter in the last
paragraph of page 148?
7. What does the dance signify?
8. What two statements or phrases seem to foreshadow that there will be trouble before
the night ends?
9. Simon arrives at the beach in the middle of the storms raging both in the boys and in
the skies. What happens to him? What does it symbolize?
10. What becomes of the dead parachutist?
11. Who are the “moonbeam-bodied creatures with fiery eyes”? (Pg. 154)
12. Describe the similarities in the way the chapter begins and ends.
CHAPTER TEN: The Shell and the Glasses
1. Contrast the seats of authority. How do the seats support the theme?
2. How does Golding highlight the transition from civilization to savagery?
3. What is the difference in the way the two camps deal with the Simon’s murder?
4. What double function does the fire on the beach now have?
5. What in this chapter signifies the end of hope?
6. This is not the first time that Piggy’s aunt is mentioned. What does this introduce to
7. In the raid, why are Piggy’s glasses taken, but not the shell?
CHAPTER ELEVEN: Castle Rock
1. Contrast Jack’s and Ralph’s attitudes toward their appearance.
2. What is the significance of Piggy’s holding the conch when the boys go to claim back
3. On page 171, Sam says that Jack will be painted. What is Sam implying?
4. Ralph insists his tribe wash so they can be like they used to be, but is reminded by
the others that they bathe every day. What theme is supported?
5. In the middle of page 173, the twins see Ralph “as though they were seeing him for the
first time.” What does the statement imply?
6. Interpret the statement: “Freed by the paint, they had tied their hair back.”
7. What actions show that the tribe has not completely abandoned the established society
of the island?
8. Find and interpret the metaphor on page 180.
9. The word “zup” is an example of what literary term? (Pg. 180)
10. The death of Piggy and the destruction of the conch signify what?
11. Contrast Roger with Jack.
12. Trace the progression of Roger’s savagery in this chapter.
13. Describe the changes in the depiction of the conch.
14. How is Piggy portrayed at the moment of his death?
15. What becomes of Sam, Eric, and Ralph?
CHAPTER TWELVE: Cry of the Hunters
1. Explain the following observation: “But really, thought Ralph, this was not Bill. This
was a savage whose image refused to blend with that ancient picture of a boy in shorts
and shirt.” What does Ralph mean? (Pg. 183)
2. Complete the thought “Feast today, and then tomorrow…” (Pg. 184) What does it suggest?
3. Cite and interpret the simile on page 185.
4. What does Ralph attribute his being an outcast to?
5. Ralph decides to go back to Jack’s camp and finds that it is Samneric’s turn to guard
the entrance. What does he find out from them?
6. What is the significance of the stick sharpened at both ends that Roger has planned
7. How does the tribe find Ralph in the thicket? What do they do to flush him out?
8. What is ironic about the fire the tribe creates to flush out Ralph?
9. Find the metaphor and alliteration on page 200.
10. In Chapter Twelve, what plot event serves as essentially a deus ex machina?
11. What is significant about the fact that Percival cannot even remember his name?
12. Why does the officer allude to Coral Island?
13. Why does Ralph weep?
14. In the microcosm on the island, what does each of these boys represent: Ralph, Piggy,
Jack, Roger, and Simon?
15. What is ironic about the rescue of the boys?